2015 Drought Response Plan
Drought Response Plan
Section 1 Declaration of Policy and Purpose.
Section 2 Scope.
Section 3 Outreach and Education..
Section 4 Initiation of Drought Stages. 5
Section 5 Stages of Drought & Measures. 5-7
Section 6 Monitoring and Reporting..
Section 1 Declaration of Policy and Purpose
Bidwell Park Golf Course provides an exceptional public golf experience at a fair price. Bidwell Park Golf Course also strives to manage its facility through continually evaluating and improving sustainable practices. Because of these combined practices, Bidwell Park Golf Course annually uses about 20% less water per year.
The purpose of the Drought Response Plan (The Plan) is to forecast and quantify additional water conservation measures to meet the mandatory reductions set by our local water districts.
Section 2 Scope
Approximately 100 acres of this golf course property is irrigated turf. Annually, Bidwell Park Golf Course analyzes and assesses turfed areas for possible placement/conversion into native conservation areas. These native conservation areas are set aside where minimal or no inputs are allowed.
There are two sites on property that are supplied water, The Bidwell Park Golf Course Bar and Grill /Pro Shop and also the Golf Course’s irrigation system. These systems are supplied water through a single well. The Bidwell Park Bar and Grill/Pro Shop uses water that has been chlorinated per Butte County Health’s standards for public consumption and the Golf Course’s irrigation system uses non-potable water from that same well.
Section 3 Outreach and Education
Bidwell Park Golf Course strives to be a leader by continually improving water conservation and efficiencies. As an Empire Golf managed facility we have been implementing conservation measures since 2013, during the introduction of Empire Golf management at our facility. Empire Golf is a firm believer in providing a quality golf experience while also instilling a program that promotes Best Management Practices at each of its facilities. Some of the topics that are emphasized by Empire Golf are Water Conservation, Water Quality, Wildlife Management, Chemical Reduction, Education and Outreach. The Plan designates self imposed water restrictions by the use of the following:
- Implementing Best Management Practices (BMP)
- Turf acreage reduction
- Soil management program
- Reduced irrigated turf acreage
- Irrigating to Evapotranspiration and the use of a % turfgrass type coefficient
- Upgrading Irrigation infrastructure (satellite controllers, sprinkler heads, and nozzles)
- Hand watering
- Conducting on site water audits
- Checking the distribution uniformity of the irrigation system
- Improved pumping efficiencies by pump station maintenance and monitoring
Section 4 Initiation of Drought Stages
The California Department of Water Resources Control Board is responsible for the initiation and termination of drought response stages based on the triggering criteria set forth in their 2015 Drought Response Plan.
Section 5 Stages of Drought and Bidwell Park Golf Course Response Measures
Bidwell Park Golf Course continually strives to improve irrigation efficiencies. The Bidwell Park Course Superintendent utilizes technological and mechanical means to improve and monitor irrigation efficiencies. Even without a drought condition, Bidwell Park Golf Course is maintained with the least amount of irrigation water necessary to strike a balance between providing exceptional course conditions, plant health, and water conservation.
The following drought response measures are a guide to assist in managing throughout the various stages of drought during the in-season irrigation months of April through October. These response measures are not exhaustive and not exclusive options for managing the drought response plan. Because of the varying topography, natural precipitation, and availability of irrigation water, Bidwell Park Golf Course presents these measures as best management practices through the various stages of drought. There may be instances where more or less restrictive measures may be implemented.
Use Reduction Target: 10-20% reduction.
Finish in-progress construction projects
Discontinue projects or practices requiring seed or sod establishment that are outside of greens, tee, and fairways
Irrigate to 70-80% evapotranspiration (ET) on greens, tees, fairways, and 60-70% on rough
Increase hand watering of hot spots on greens
Raise HOC of rough, fairways, tees, and surrounds as necessary
Discontinue mowing of stressed turf areas
Eliminate mowing whenever possible
Reduce turf acreages by transitioning to native no-mow areas
No herbicide applications after June 1st
Reduce rough watering in low traffic and low impact areas
Equipment & golf cart washing only in rough areasIrrigation use recorded daily and reported quarterly
Use Reduction Target: 20-30% reduction
Continue all Stage I response measures
Discontinue irrigation of conservation areas; ornamental and landscape
No projects requiring seed or sod establishment
Irrigate to 70-80% ET on greens, tees, fairways, and 40-55% rough
Hand water hot spots on greens, tees, and fairways
Limit Equipment & golf cart washing to once per week
Require carts to only drive down middle of marked lane on fairways or on cart path only
Fertilize only on greens, tees, and fairways
Irrigation use recorded daily and reported monthly
Use Reduction Target: 40-50% reduction
Continue all Stage I and II measures
Shut off all rough areas
Stop mowing rough
Raise fairway HOC to 3/4”
Raise green HOC to .150 or greater
Spot mow only as necessary
Close cart traffic or carts only on paths and dedicated routes marked down middle of the fairway
Discontinue irrigation on par 3 fairways
Discontinue irrigation of practice areas roughs and nurseries – hand water practice greens
Discontinue fairway irrigation 100 – 150 yards out from tees on par 4 and 5
Fertilize only on greens, tees, and irrigated portions of fairways
Use Reduction Target: 50-80% reduction
Continue all Stage I, II, and III measures
Hand water greens and surrounds
Discontinue irrigation of all fairways and tees
Golf Carts on path only
Fertilize only on greens
Irrigation use recorded and reported daily
Section 6 Monitoring and Reporting
All reductions will be compared to years 2013 and 2014 water usage. 2015 water usage will be monitored daily and recorded. This data will give a baseline to monitor water reductions compared to previous years.